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Los Angeles River Valley from Elysian Valley looking towards Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Mt. Lowe. Via LA Creek Freak.

Exit, L.A.’s Most Cinematic Bridge:“You’re underneath the Sixth Street Viaduct, the most iconic and generally agreed-upon most beautiful of the 13 pre-World War II spans that traverse the city’s eponymous river, separating downtown from East Los Angeles.” Dan Koeppel wishes a fond farewell to the Sixth Street Viaduct.

Grand Central Market Before It Became A Haven For Foodies: Vintage photos capture Grand Central Market from the 1930s thru the 1980s when it was still a city market, well before it became the hipster foodie haven of today, where hour long waits during the weekend have become the norm.

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn’t Killed All the Animals: “Imagine a Europe where mammoths and woolly rhinos roam northern Scandinavia, Iberian wolf packs hunt aurochs and brown bears swagger through the Dolomites. If it weren’t for the ascent of mankind, the entire world would still look like the Serengeti, a galloping, roaring, thunderous paradise of bloodshed and birth, terror and triumph, as a recent study spells out in living color.” The same question could be applied to the landscape along the Los Angeles River, where large mammals once roamed in abundance.

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought: “A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor? Rising demand and shrinking supply virtually guarantee that water’s value will increase. Anticipating that day, he’s racing to buy up as much of it as he can.”

Proposal Would Shift Bullet Train Funding For Use On New Water Projects: “The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its political allies are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that would grab bond money earmarked for California’s bullet train and use it instead for new water projects.”

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